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Blind Army captain serves Gonzaga’s ROTC

Monday, September 24th, 2012

In April of 2005, while serving as an infantry officer, Army Captain Scott Smiley was injured when a car bomb exploded while he was patrolling the city of Mosul, Iraq. The blast left him temporarily paralyzed on his right side and permanently blind.

Since then, in addition to earning an MBA from Duke University, writing a book, and climbing Mount Rainier, Smiley has continued to serve on active duty in the Army. After commanding the Warrior Transition Unit at West Point, he has recently joined the ROTC department at Gonzaga University, in Spokane, Washington.

Read a profile of Smiley from a couple of years ago here, and watch a recent interview with the Army captain here.